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Poster: billydlions Date: Apr 6, 2009 2:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry and the Travis Bean

His sound from 1980-1982 using Tiger may have been the best. I also liked the Les Paul from the early years and Wolf (late '77 thru'79) sounded better than the Travis years.

I'm sure his other equipment was very influential as I hated his sound in late '85 which was no where near as distorted as the earlier Tiger years.

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Apr 6, 2009 2:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry and the Travis Bean

The instruments were all interesting in their own right. Jerry supervised the electronics and sound creation as closely as possible.

The thing about the Travis Bean is that it had an aluminum neck. It played differently than anything else at the time. He was constantly on the hunt for something that played the way he wanted it to.

Personally, I love the latter sounds. Thin? I don't think so. He was simply able to make the Rosebud and Tiger make sounds like no other guitars. The Lightning Bolt, which really didn't get a whole lot of play was different in that it was completely custom, and though it looked a bit like the other two, it was not a Doug Irwin. Jerry said that it was the guitar he'd always been looking for. Completely custom.